Title: Ten Delicious Teachers
Author: Ross Montgomery
Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Hardback
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Description: Ten delicious teachers,
skipping home to bed,
Clueless to the monsters
in the forest up ahead…

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This is such a funny picture book and a firm favourite in my family!  Ten delicious teachers have missed their bus home, so they decide to take a walk home through the woods.  But monsters are waiting for them and slowly as they make their way through the woods, there’s less and less teachers remaining in the group.

Ten Delicious Teachers book page image one
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This is such a funny story and with such great illustrations that keep you wanting to look at this book over and over again.  The book is a little bigger than A4 in size and the hardback is filled thick and glossy pages which have very interesting and colourful illustrations and text.  The story is a simple one but fun.  The teachers make their way through the woods where the monsters are hiding waiting to eat each one in turn.  As each teacher is separated from the group for a few moments, to look at flowers or something, they encounter the monsters and then there’s one less teacher in the group.  The book’s fun rhyming and repetitive pattern reminds me of the ‘Ten Green Bottles…’ song as there’s constantly one less teacher on every page as the sentences repeat.  The rhyming text makes this story so fun to read and I love how children can enjoy both the story of the teachers being eaten by the monsters one by one, as well as learning to count from ten to one.

The rhyming text is really good and has a good repetition that children will love, but the illustrations really make this book so much more enjoyable to read.  Every double page of the book has some great illustrations of the teachers in the woods and the monsters in tow.  I love how fun the scenes look and how funny all the monsters look.  There are some brilliant things in the pictures that kids might not spot the first time without looking more closely at the pictures and I love how these illustrations show the monsters wearing or holding the various items that the teachers were carrying or wearing.  Every illustration just looks so fun and engaging and I enjoyed spending lots of time just looking at all of the pictures.

Ten Delicious Teachers book page image two
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The book has a great ending with a brilliant twist to the story.  I won’t say what it is but it’s a brilliant and very funny ending and I love how all of the characters look on the last page and how the monsters end up learning their lesson too.  I think lots of children and adults will love reading this book and will enjoy looking at the illustrations again and again.  The repetition and number counting as well as the rhyming text just make this such a fun read and coupled with the funny and clever illustrations it’s just the perfect picture book and one I’d definitely recommend!

What do you think of this book?  What about the illustrations style?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂